High-SchoolFootball: Fort Worth Southwest

ESPNHS Players of the Week

October, 19, 2011
(After games of Oct. 13-Oct. 15)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

Jamauri Bogan, Union (Union, N.J.)

The most amazing total of Bogan’s big night in leading Union past previously unbeaten and state-ranked Elizabeth (Elizabeth, N.J.) 43-21 is that the 5-foot-6, 150-pound sophomore carried the ball 50 times. Bogan piled up 376 yards in those 50 carries and scored six touchdowns. Bogan already has had varsity experience at Union when he sprinted and performed in relay events last spring in track. With the win, Union improved to 4-2 while Elizabeth fell to 5-1.

Tucker Israel, Lake Nona (Orlando, Fla.)

The 6-foot, 180-pound freshman quarterback was near perfect in a record-setting performance during a 68-10 romp over Celebration (Celebration, Fla.). He completed 27 of 31 passes -- with the four incompletions being reported as drops -- for 534 yards and a state record 10 touchdown passes. The old mark of eight was shared by current University of Georgia QB Aaron Murray of Plant (Tampa, Fla.) in 2008 and Mike Mitchell of Colonial (Orlando, Fla.) in 1998. Israel had eight TD passes in the first half for another state record and a share of the listed national mark. Israel's big game pushed his season totals to over 1,800 passing yards and 24 scores. He is a cousin of former Central Florida college quarterback Kyle Israel, who in 2007 led the Knights to their first C-USA championship. It’s also interesting to note that Lake Nona didn’t win a game in 2010. The team improved to 5-1 after defeating Celebration.

Maty Mauk, Kenton (Kenton, Ohio)

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior quarterback -- who is on track to break national career passing records held by his brother, Ben -- had his second straight 600-yard offensive game effort in a 70-33 win over Celina (Celina, Ohio). The University of Missouri recruit led unbeaten Kenton with 600 total offense yards and accounted for 10 touchdowns. He completed 33 of 48 passes for 497 yards and eight TDs and rushed 13 times for 103 yards and two scores. In eight wins this year, Mauk has passed for 3,016 yards and 38 TDs and rushed for 936 yards and 12 scores. He’s now been chosen for this feature during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Robbie Rhodes, Southwest (Fort Worth, Texas)

Sure, we could have gone with Rhodes’ teammate, quarterback Wesley Harris, for what both of them did during Southwest’s 66-21 victory over Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, Texas). But Harris only broke a state record for touchdown passes. Rhodes broke a state record and also tied a national standard. And besides, both of them are juniors so we have time to honor Harris. Rhodes, who is 5-foot-10, 165 pounds with a 4.5 in the 40 and a 33-inch vertical, caught 10 passes for 394 yards and eight touchdowns in the win. He tied the national record of eight TD catches set in 1998 by Earvin Johnson of Cathedral (Los Angeles). Harris, who has been throwing to Rhodes since the two were in elementary school, set his records by completing 20 of 30 passes for 562 yards and nine scores. What made the night more hard to believe is that it was against a formidable opponent. Arlington Heights entered the game at 6-0 and last year posted a dominating 37-14 win against Southwest. Rhodes’ and Harris’ team improved to 6-1.

Chris Brown, Bonney Lake (Bonney Lake, Wash.)

A 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior, Brown is the reported passing leader in Washington and may have had his best game yet in Friday’s 49-6 victory against Decatur (Federal Way, Wash.). He set a school record with seven touchdown passes while completing 17 of 35 throws for 394 yards. There also were no interceptions. For the season, Brown increased his totals to 2,581 yards and 30 touchdowns in seven games. He had earlier outings that included five touchdowns rushing in one game plus 42 of 69 for 478 yards and six touchdowns in a victory against White River (Buckley, Wash.). Brown’s team has suffered two defeats on the season, however, and in two weeks will be hard-pressed going up against unbeaten and state-ranked Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.).
High school record keeping is most difficult when a record is being set or tied by different players from different places on the same night.

Such was the case Friday in Florida and Texas when different quarterbacks passed for 10 touchdowns and nine touchdowns in single games. A national receiving record also was tied in Texas.

In Florida, freshman quarterback Tucker Israel of Lake Nona (Orlando, Fla.) set a state record with 10 touchdown passes in a 68-10 victory over Celebration (Fla.).

Israel entered the game with 14 touchdown passes for the season. The previous state record of eight was set in 1998 by Mike Mitchell from Colonial (Orlando, Fla.). In 2008 current University of Georgia QB Aaron Murray of Plant (Tampa, Fla.) tied that record.

The national record for touchdown passes in a game of 15 was set in 1921 by Arthur Smith of Cozad (Neb.) in a game against Overton (Neb.). Smith’s total is not always reported as the record but is recognized according to ESPNHS national record lists.

Israel will now be listed in the ESPNHS records in a six-way tie for second with his 10 TD passes.

In Texas, junior wide receiver Robbie Rhodes of Southwest (Fort Worth, Texas) tied a national record and set a state record with eight touchdown receptions in a 66-21 victory over previously unbeaten Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, Texas). Rhodes also set a state record with 394 receiving yards on only 10 catches.

The national record tied for eight TD catches was set in 1998 by Earvin Johnson of Cathedral (Los Angeles).

Fort Worth Southwest quarterback Wesley Harris also set a state record with nine touchdown passes in the same game in which Rhodes caught eight. For the game, Harris completed 20 of 30 passes for 562 yards.

There have been at least 27 prep quarterbacks nationally who have been reported with nine touchdown passes or more in one game.

Doug Huff is the founder of the National Federation record book for football and boys' basketball. Huff started keeping national high school football records in 1969.